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Saturday, December 26, 2009

Candied Chestnuts in Syrup

(Kestane Şekeri - Bursa)

<br />Candied Chestnuts in Syrup
500 g chestnuts
1 cup sugar
2 cups water
1 tsp vanilla extract

When buying chestnuts, choose the fat ones, as they will be more delicious. Soak the chestnuts in water for about 15-20 minutes to soften them. Using a small knife, cut the shells horizontally on the top (fat) side. Place the chestnuts in a medium size pot, cover them with the water. Boil them for about 5 minutes. Remove the shells and inner skins using a small knife.

Clean the same pot, add sugar, water and vanilla extract in it. Boil it for about 5 minutes. Add the chestnuts into the syrup. Cover and cook for about an hour over just under the medium heat.

Let the chestnuts cool down first in the pot. There should be a little bit syrup left. If the syrup is too much, cook a little bit longer without the lid.

Place them into the glass container with the syrup and keep it in the refrigerator. For servings, place them individually in the candy cups.

New Year Eve's Menu:
-Potato Soup, Chicken with Cherry Sauce and Appetizers.



At 1:03 AM, Blogger Νασος Παπαστυλιανού said...

Thank you Binnur.
Bursa is chestnut city! I think there is also a huge chestnut tree. In Greece, we made this sweet, but we don't boil for long then preserve on syrup.

At 4:21 PM, Blogger L Vanel said...

They look delicious and I will try this recipe next year when we collect wild chestnuts. Thank you!

At 7:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so happy to see this recipe. I did not know it was easy to make at home. It is a favorite of mine. Now I will try it. Thank you!

Zeynep in San Francisco (I forgot my user id so I am posting as anonymous for now.)

At 10:20 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Binnur, thank you, thank you, thank you. I just discovered this recipe. My husband introduced me to store bought candied chestnuts when we first got married. But the ones I tried in Bursa were the best. I will definitely try to make this at home.

At 8:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How long do the candied chestnuts last in the fridge? When giving as a gift how long can they be left out of the fridge? Also, do you have recipes for canning chestnuts (candied or not) or chestnut puree? Thanks.

At 11:39 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

I believe you can keep them in the fridge for up to two weeks. Otherwise they could be crystallized.

You should think it is as a sweet homemade dessert, how long would you keep your home made dessert out of the fridge? 2 hours, 12 hours, 1 day...

You can find the recipe for the chestnuts puree, here
Chestnut Cake (November 27, 2005) on Cakes & Cookies section
Take care,


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